Happy COVID-19 weekend

Scary findings

I could wish you all a Happy COVID-19 weekend but maybe that is a bit sarcastic.
Today short post. Tomorrow about the looming recession.

Coronavirus infects faster and lasts longer than SARS, raising new containment challenges, Chinese studies suggest. Researchers found that on average, infected people expel virus particles from their bodies for a relatively long period of 20 days, even before symptoms appear. Findings indicate longer quarantine periods may be needed for patients, according to researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital.
It may explain why transmission rates are so high…
SCMP 20 May 2020

This also illustrates well the differences…
Medical specialists mostly agree the virus is indeed very scary. More contagious, higher mortality,  no existing immunity in the population. And one can carry it for two weeks without showing any symptoms and most probably transmitting it to others.
It is a worst-case scenario.

To prepare for it, we recommend buying tons of toilet paper. Because you will all be shitting in your pants being scared like hell.

U.S. Virus Plan Anticipates 18-Month Pandemic and Widespread Shortages

The New York Times – 19 March 2020
and: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-plan.html

A federal government plan to combat the coronavirus warned policymakers last week that a pandemic “will last 18 months or longer” and could include “multiple waves,” resulting in widespread shortages that would strain consumers and the nation’s health care system.

And yes, people will die who did not die before.

Conspiracy theories of all kinds

One circulating in Beijing is from Nathan Rich.
“The Coronavirus CONSPIRACY – Did COVID-19 Come from America?” (by Nathan Rich)
Watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J6zm6zgah0

My take: a mix of small stories without much real proof.
Chinese government must LOVE the guy.
It circulates here: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/bGWO62NlqfWdrobY3WH-TA

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